10 May 2021

Our Garden, no cards, I'm very sad, but excited.

Hi Everyone, you know how I love my garden? Well there is news about it which I am really sad about, but in a way excited too.

We are going to destroy my beautiful garden to make it easier! Why? It all started with brambles! We have always had about a 10 foot wall of brambles on the pathway behind our garden, then 2 weeks ago the Council grass cutter man decided to go into it and practically cut it all away. Also our conifer hedge has died a death with almost no growth on them. We only have a small wire fence, so it became a necessity to build a fence for privacy and security. 

Hubby and I had long and realistic discussion about the garden and as hubby is getting older now with more aches and pains than he wants, the 4 foot borders around our 55 feet by 55 foot lawn are requiring him to do too much digging and maintenance, so we decided to add a fence between the neighbours and us to narrow the borders and make the garden more manageable. It has upset me, but change has to happen to make life easier for Hubby. We'll have to arrange something in the garden, so that the 2 men can have a chat, as always, over the fence whilst gardening! 😁

I hope you will put up with my ramblings. I intend to take photos regularly so that I can keep a record, there is a lot of preparation before it goes up in July.  

This is part of the preparation by removing all the stones that had been placed under the wire fence by the previous owner. You can also see how awful the conifers look. Although the honeysuckle and the Pieris are looking good.

This is hubby clearing the stones and ground for  the fence to be erected on our border.
 It also shows, the well past it's sell by date, wire fence, something all the shrubs hid.

This is the garden onto the waste land. He always keeps the way clear of weeds. 
You can also see the stones left for him to remove.

You can't see in this photo how the tree grows over next door's border and 
makes it necessary to remove the tree to erect the fence in the corner. 
All shrubs have been cut back to facilitate the tree surgeons access to cut the beautiful tree down 😞 I have asked the tree surgeon and the fencers, if there is any other way. Yes! they say, don't put a fence up! or leave a gap of 5 feet!😞

On a good note!
The Creeping Phlox is putting on a wonderful show. 

More good news, we have the potatoes growth reaching the top of the large pots. Hopefully we will be picking potatoes in a few weeks. Nothing like new potatoes, other than chocolate that is?

08 May 2021


 Hi Everyone, this card was made because I saw a sketch that I liked and chose this lovely image from my files to make it.  It's been in there for a long time and I don't think I have used it. I was going to add a few things, but after colouring the image 4 times, I gave up and was just glad to get it done, but decided maybe it just wasn't good enough. A day or two after, I thought, she's OK and I can still enter the challenge, it's the taking part isn't it? then I took photos and forgot to add the little extras I was going to. In the end I decided to go as it is!

Here she is, such a lovely image. I did a print and cut on the Cameo, then coloured her with DI's. Before I give it to someone I may add a die cut or 2? We'll see.

image - Happy Birthday, All Dressed Up 
inks Distress inks
papers - Gone Digital Design
balloon 3D'd

the sketch I turned to have a portrait view

05 May 2021

Water/Beach TMR

Hi Everyone, my card today is for 


The Male Room Challenge

I really didn't know what to do, so I looked through my stamps and my cut files and decided to put the ones I found together, so my take on the challenge today is Water!

I cut the background out on the digital cutting machine and added DO's and DI's to the background, pulled out a stencil, that I seem to reaching for all the time, and stenciled the sea and clouds. Stamped the birds and boat, coloured them with DI's added white pen to the waves, then 3d'd the sentiment. Off to find some card to add to the background and found a dark navy that I liked, voila all done! btw, the light blue surround is from my lightbox background.

cut file - Lizzie Mayne Silhouette Design Store 
stencil - Funky fossil
stamps - Nautical by Sara Davies Magazine freebies
sentiment stamp and die - Julie Hickey
inks - Distress Inks & Oxide

I hope everyone in the UK were OK, and no harm to life or property, was had on Monday with the awful wind and rain. Let's hope the cold and frost has finished now too, I think we've had enough of Winter. 

Keep safe and well Everyone.

I hope to see you in the Challenge at TMR, if you have trouble with masculine cards, you'll find lots of inspiration from the Fabulous Team.

The Paper Shelter #46 

Through The Craft Room Door

Cards4Guys #270

01 May 2021

Floating Alligator

 Hi Everyone here I am with my second DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

The sun must have been in my mind when I made this, it had been so lovely here in the UK, chilly but blue skies and sun. I have this fun Alligator and had to use this old joke to make the card. I did a print and cut on the digital cutting machine, then coloured it with Distress inks. 

The background was done with a stencil the clouds and waves are on the one, so that is great. I didn't make the background too distinct as I thought the Alligator should be centre stage. I added a sun ray stencil and a sun, also cut on the Cameo which was coloured with DI's. 

I glued the 3 layers of the Alligator and sun and sentiment (computer generated) to the background, then layered onto gold mirror card and black paper. I then added glaze to his eyes and clear sparkle pen to the sun, rays and dingy. 

 stamp - Floating Gator Digital Stamp QKR Stampede
inks - Distress inks
stencil - waves, clouds - Funky Fossil Stencil
sun stencil - Wendy Bird Designs cut on Cameo
gold mirror card - The Range
black paper - stash

This is the insert preprinted

Critter and Critters!

   I have 2 DT cards today this is the first.

our 50th challenge

Anything Goes but

they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...
We are sponsored this month by TNT Artspirations and they have generously
provided images to our DT to use on their inspiration projects.

My card today is a bit of fun and quite simple, as I thought she needed to be centre stage. I placed the files in my electronic digital cutter and print and cut. I then coloured the turtle with Distress inks. Layered all the papers, attached the 3 layers of turtle and a separate head, which you can't see here as I intended, oh! well. The sentiment I generated on the 'puter. 

Something seems to have gone wrong with my layout today, I've tried everything to get it symmetrical.

image - TNT Artspirational
inks - Distress inks mixture of greens and blues, abandoned coral, worn lipstick
papers - Cathy K Designs

I hope to see you at the Critter ATG Challenge.

I was out walking to the hairdresser this week and came across these bluebells, out with my phone and this is the result. Just gorgeous isn't it. Such a joy to see.

Also I have had this "critter" in my garden enjoying the nuts and
 maybe taking them to her babies?

These 3 tickled me pink, 3 pigeons fighting to have a bath. They did squeeze in.

27 April 2021

Information and stamping


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Thanks to Shirly Young for her words here.

Now my post for today - 

Haven't we been so lucky with the beautiful sunshine in the UK, to make us feel happier. I can live with sunshine everyday, how about you. I don't mind the rain at night though.

It's one of the same stamp I did the other day I stamped and coloured, but didn't know what else I wanted to do with it, after a long while with no mojo and couldn't be bothered, I came up with this. I still have 2 others waiting in the wings with the same stamp. I cut an oval frame and before adding I used the inside of the frame as a mask to ink outwards from the image, I kept the mask in place and used a border die to "sort of" match the music bars, I stamped the birthday wishes the frame was added and also a bow and a button die. I layered onto the same card I cut the frame from and added it to a ready made card base.

Stamp - Flora Musica, Chocolate Baroque
border stamp - Stamp Addicts
sentiment stamps - Magazine Freebies
inks - Distress ink, 
oval die - Tonic
ribbon - Ikea
heart button die - First Edition

25 April 2021

Retired birthday?

 Hi Everyone, I hope you've been enjoying the glorious weather we have been having in the UK. I actually had a couple of hours freedom from things and read in quiet contemplation in the garden, with only the birds to disturb my peace, pure bliss! I can tell you I have needed it. 

Anyhow, another birthday card today I made for hubby from my son, he wanted funny as always, so here it is. You may think that the DAD is not level, it's not supposed to be, my son always says Dad raising the last letter for some reason, so it's done for that.

I saw a card that I cased, more with the words than the card though, but it didn't have any name on it, so I'm sorry I can't give credit to the owner.

I did a print and cut of the stamp, then coloured it, not with great success, but I know hubby won't notice Bless him. Papers were layered onto black paper and I also made a background like a room. I used a stencil for the Dad. The image has 3 layers, when all glued together I added them to the card front, with the sentiments  and the border paper. 

digital stamp - "Retired" Ericraftstamps  
inks - Distress Inks
papers - Digital Scrapbook used to be Pixelscrapper
stencil - Card Making Magic, magazine freebie
sentiments - generated on the 'puter,

23 April 2021


 Hi Everyone, a card at last!. I made it for hubby's birthday this week, something different, I saw this beautiful card here  and it lit an idea in my mind and this is the result. 

I did a print and cut on the Silhouette, making the frame and the heart, then layering the 3 layers I cut of each. I added clear sparkle pen to the tomatoes and the heart. We need a bit of happy atm, so made what I think is a happy card. He smiled so it must be!

papers, Love quote and tomatoes -  Digital Scrapbook/Pixelscrapper

21 April 2021


 Hi Everyone, I have been looking with Shirley Young to find an alternative to Feedburner. Shirley found one first that she and I will be using from https://follow.it/ni I shall be changing in the next day or so. I wanted to warn you first, as I have over 1300 subscribers and looking at them most are scam subscribers. (I presume) as they have the same few letters or words at the beginning of their emails. I am only going to add the people whose emails I know, or look genuine, this could mean I am missing you out on the email follower list. Apologies.

I would really like if you would continue to follow my blog by email. When I have changed over you will see a GREEN "Follow". As in Shirley's blog HERE.

It may be an alternative for you too?

I have made a couple of cards, but thought I would add this, before them, then change to the new feed email follower.

I hope this made sense?

19 April 2021


 Hi Everyone, I have a lot of things going on at the moment, so if I seem a little short in my comments please forgive me, I am trying to keep up with everything, but things will inevitably be delayed sometimes.

With all that's going on here and Prince Philip's funeral, I have been a bit down in the dumps, especially on Saturday and seeing Her Majesty the Queen seemingly so alone, so many people this year being in the same predicament made it so poignant.

Well as the Prince said "get on with it". 

My card is a celebration , which was lovely to make and going back to their wedding day and thinking, where the heck have all those years gone. Anyhow this is for my Godson and his wife. I hope they like it.

I started off with cutting out a leaf background with a die and some card and using it as a stencil, using a light grey ink, I didn't want any colour as it's a Pearl Anniversary. I went around the edges of the card, then stamped the sentiment. 

Off to my electronic die cutting machine to cut the heart, I cut 4 layers to have it stand proud from the card. I used one layer for the placement of the leaves and coloured the same ink through it, I took the shape off and painted slightly outside the line, so there were no white edges to the leaf inserts. The heart with all layers was added and I placed the pearls, which I have had for years.

stamps - Magazine freebies
embossing powder - Altenew
leaf die - Tattered Lace
inks - Distress Ink, Hickory Smoke
heart shape - Michelle Webley, Quill and other Designs
Silhouette Cameo

15 April 2021

Another Birthday

  Hi Everyone here I am with my DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I saw this bunny and had to have him for my DT card today, I think he's adorable. I added him to the Cameo so I could print and cut him out, then decided to cut some grass at the same time. I coloured the grass on the cutting mat, so much easier, I coloured the grass area on the background and added the grass stencil, then coloured the "earth". A ploughed field? Strange how my mind works. 

I stencilled the clouds and then on to the bunny, I have to admit to colouring him twice, the first time was rubbish, luckily I had print and cut 2 for layering, so the next was placed over it and coloured again. This time a little better, I'm not really a colourist, but I tried. I added grey marker, to match the bunny, around the edge of the card to layer the image

I used 2 fonts for the greeting Cambria and Beauty Alesha Serif
image - Itching Bunny QKR Stampede
inks - grass & ground Distress Oxide 
bunny - Spectrum Noir Markers
grass - Birds Cards
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
grass & sky stencil - Funky Fossil

13 April 2021


 Hi Everyone, I'm sorry I have been AWOL, but with happenings here and with no inclination to make anything, I'm afraid my poor blog has been neglected this last few days. Except, of course, my respect to Prince Philip.

After seeing something that said, no mojo? get something out and sit there until you have made something with it. Well I did, however the 'puter was taking priority instead, YouTube etc. but nothing happened, then I saw a card with blue in it and I thought it's a colour I don't often go to as the main choice, so here is the result.

My recently bought stamp in use again, I do love this.

A simple card, with the image stamped, an oval placed over it and some distress ink shaded out from the oval.  I then was stuck, so looked through my stamps and came across the sentiment stamp and a little butterfly.  In the mood I was in, I decided to make a Thinking of You card, as that's all I was doing was thinking! I used the background layer which is a pearlised  paper to stamp it on, a few gems card done. btw, the blue sentiment paper is cut straight, but for some reason it doesn't look it? Me and my photography??? 

I also coloured  3 more of the stamp, but haven't done anything else with them, I'll blog them as soon as I have done something.

stamp - Flora Musica Chocolate Baroque
inks - Distress Inks
pearlised paper - Outlet store
embossing powder - Papermania
gems - stash

10 April 2021


 Rest in Peace
and thank you for your 
Duty to Queen and Country

07 April 2021

"Wood" you believe it?

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for -

Last time we had a wood challenge, I did a sign for hubby and his garage door, which by the way is still there as new! I'm pleased to say. Anyhow, this time I have used a completely different piece of wood and "wood" you believe what it is? It's an ice cream stick from a mini version of the larger chocolate ice cream lollypop which begins with an "M".  😀

Our G.Nephew was 13 at the end of the month and I made this for him, he is a character, so I knew he would enjoy the pun and the colours, (he did). 
I printed and cut the papers and layered them onto black card. I coloured the sticks with Distress inks with colours similar to the striped paper and I added some wobbly eyes to them. I then added 3D gloss to the red words on the sentiment.  I saw the sentiment on the web so cased it.

papers - Digital Press
sentiment - the web
recycled lolly sticks
Distress inks - Mermaid Lagoon, Crushed Olive, Abandoned coral
wobbly eyes - stash
3D gloss - Nuvo Crystal Drops

What "Wood" you make for our challenge?  I hope to see you there.
 Please remember to use The Male Room badge if
 you want to be included in amongst the Winners

05 April 2021


 Hi Everyone, I hope you've had a lovely Easter weekend, no matter what you did.

When I did my Rose stamp last week I forgot to add I had ordered 2 stamps, ah! so easily forgotten hahaha, this is the second. This time it has music with the rose. I decided to use a music background paper and stamp over it to see what it was like and I liked it, so all I did then was colour the image and add a die cut frame around it. 

stamp - Rosa Musica Chocolate Baroque
paper - Craft Sensations paper pad
inks - Distress Inks
Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citroen, Mowed Lawn
oval die - Tonic
orange paper - Lidl
sentiment - Julie Hickey
sentiment die - Julie Hickey

Spring has definitely sprung in the garden, so many buds and flowers coming out, this is the Camelia looking good this year.

Yes! the sky really was that blue, with not a cloud to be seen.

03 April 2021

Easter Greetings

 I hope your Easter weekend is not too cold after the lovely warmth we had earlier in the week. My card today is an Easter card. It's from a free file I have had since 2018 and each Easter I think I'll make that and never have, however, I shouldn't have waited, as it turned out to be beautiful and although with a few parts was easy to to colour and put together. 

I coloured the leaves and flower centres, that I had cut with the digital die cutting machine, while they were still on the cutting mat, that turned out to be so much easier than trying to do each individual piece, as I have done previously. A little tip I saw recently. Then it was glue each part and put them together. I kept the card quite simple with white card and used my lightbox to photograph it. 

cross design - Birds Cards
cross hatch embossed card - Outlet Store
inks - Distress Oxide , Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed

01 April 2021

Bad Hare Day

 I have 2 DT cards today

our 50th challenge

Anything Goes but

they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...

We are sponsored this month by Sheepski Designs and they generously
provided images to our DT use on their inspiration projects.  

My card came about when I saw this image with Andrea at Sheepski Designs, I loved the idea around it and I tried to make it look like it was taken in a room, (a little as she had done hers) with wallpaper, taking the colours from the paper. I also used a font that looked like it was being blown by the hairdryer! OK! that's in my imagination! I'm not too sure if I succeeded but I did enjoy doing it. As for the sentiment it had to be! I seem to be doing cards with a case on this sentiment a lot!  However that's what I think when I make cards for the family, blimey Charlie, their nearly as old as I think I am! hahaha

image - Bad Hare Day
papers - Bella Gypsy
sentiment - my own 
stamps - Magazine freebies
using "Speed of Oatmeal" font
sketch used 
FMS Final 463-001 sketch

Get your Critters out to play and I hope to see you in the challenge.
Keep Safe - you still need to.


 Hi Everyone here I am with my first of 2 DT cards for today, it's for the new challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I felt like doing something different and having a sentiment as a feature is definitely different for me. This is such a fun one, I had to use it on it's own. I cut the card with a digital die cutting machine using a free file by my blog friend Shirley I wanted some colour on it, so had a look up of colour mixes and found this, the colours are not what I would have chosen to put together, so another different for me.
 The flowers were coloured with Distress inks. the leaves die cut, the centre was part of the cut file. I also backed the lattice with the same paper I used with the sentiment. Although it could be left as is.
image - QKR Honest
Lattice card with flowers- Shirley Young Designs
leaves die - Tonic
leaves paper - Craft Sensations
inks - Distress inks
Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone
paper - The Digital Press 

30 March 2021


Hi Everyone, I saw this stamp and as I had a birthday "offer" from the company, I decided to get it. OH! I am so pleased I did, it will be suitable for so many occasions and is wonderful to use. It set my mojo going I can tell you.

Anyhow, I decided to ink up some watercolour card, then stencil over it in the same colours, it was just a case of stamp, emboss and enjoy, I looked closer and thought those flowers should stand out more, so I took some water and went over the roses sponging up the excess water and the colour at the same time. I love that it hasn't taken all the water and some colour has been left on the card. I just need to add a sentiment when I need a card. I'm thrilled with it, especially using different ways (for me) to add and take away colour.

stamp - Floribunda Net, Chocolate Baroque
inks - Distress Oxides, Worn Lipstick, Kitsch Flamingo, Shaded Lilac
stencil - Flourishes, Imagination Crafts
embossing powder - Dovecraft Clear

this is it in closeup

After I had finished the first card I had to do another and if dinner hadn't been due, I would have done more too, still there is plenty of time now. 
This is so different from the first, I stamped and embossed onto plain watercolour card, then coloured the roses with Pixie Powder, the sheen is just gorgeous, added it to a gold mirror card layer, voila finished! It seemed a cheats way of making a card, it was so quick. Again, I'll add a sentiment when I know what I will use it for.
stamp - same as above
Pixie Powder - Rich Gold, Cosmic Shimmer
mirror card - The Range
embossing powder - Altenew Antique Gold

showing the sheen in closeup 


28 March 2021

Police card

Hi Everyone, my card today is for my Godson who is a Police Dog Handler, I went looking for freebie images on the web as I didn't have anything? suitable for him. Anyhow I found this and thought it perfect, just to remind him he has got a more comfortable mode of transport now. 😀

He has 2 dogs an German Shepherd and a Spaniel, both do different jobs and when he is passing, he occasionally, calls for a visit with the dogs. The German Shepherd is an "On duty" dog, the Spaniel is playful and frisky. He is besotted with them. 

This is a simple card, I printed out the image, layered it onto black card then silver mirror card and black again. I have recently had the sentiment stamp and die and love it. I thought it suited the simplicity of the card. He usually likes it when I make him a card related to his work, I hope he'll like this.

image - web based
mirror card - stash
black paper - Jellybean Crafts
sentiment stamps and dies - Julie Hickey

 As this is a black and white post I thought I would add a little colour and Spring to this post. Here is part of our garden at the moment. We had over 40 Daffodils planted in the border, however they went down not up, so we just have a couple in the corner and in our pots covered with wire as the squirrels were digging them up. 

Sorry their blurred I don't know what I was doing,
but you get the idea?

 I think I may need another camera?
of course it's not my fault they were blurred!

this is actually in focus!